Meet Mako, the newest addition to the Seaside family!
Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System comes to SSC

In case you haven't noticed, we are excited about our new addition! Meet Mako® - the robotic-arm assisted surgery system for partial knee replacement. Seaside was the first ASC in south Florida to acquire this system.

To share this news with Southwest Florida, we are launching a comprehensive two-year advertising campaign in cooperation with Stryker Mako. We are giving you a sneak peek at the campaign on our website.

Not every patient with knee osteoarthritis needs a total knee replacement. For some patients, replacing only part of the knee joint is the solution to their pain. This procedure is called "partial" or "unicompartmental" knee replacement and is now a popular and scientifically supported method of resolving the arthritic pain of the knee, preserving much of the structural integrity of the remaining knee. With partial knee replacement, only the damaged area of the knee joint is replaced, which may help to minimize trauma to healthy bone and tissue making partial knee replacement less invasive than traditional total knee replacement surgery. Read on to learn about the three types of partial knee replacement and how the Mako System works.

Eating to manage your joint pain...
...and when to consider joint replacement

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What you eat plays a major role in how you feel pain. What you eat will give your body the chemistry it needs to make an inflammatory response. Inflammation is what your immune system creates when there is some kind of insult or damage to your tissue. Inflammation is not the only cause of pain but it can make your pain feel more intense and last longer.

The chemistry that creates pain signals in your body is increased by starchy and sugary foods. It can be decreased by protein foods. Controlling inflammation and therefore pain is done best by avoiding carbohydrates you don't need. This means sweets and many of the grain products. Meals that regularly include lean meat, fish, and eggs are essential for controlling pain chemistry.

Did you know that for every 10 pounds of excess body weight you carry, that you exert 50 additional pounds of force across your knee joint? One of the best things you can do for your joint pain is to keep your weight down. If excess weight is a problem you struggle with, be encouraged that a little loss goes a long way. Research suggests that losing as little as seven to 10 per cent of your current body weight can help. Such a weight loss can change your body chemistry for the better.

There is no single diet that will work well for everyone who needs to lose weight. Food choices should be made to allow for your personal preferences. Try to limit foods that are high in fat. Get plenty of lean protein. Increase your intake of vegetables and fresh fruit. Drink plenty of clear liquids. These are the basic rules of any healthy diet.

Just as important as losing the weight is keeping it off. All of the changes you make to reduce your joint pain by losing weight will help every part of your life. This includes your ability to think clearly, your memory, and your moods. Eating to reduce joint pain can also help you avoid illnesses of all kinds.

A healthy diet is just the beginning of simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your joint pain. Exercise is another. It may sound like a contradiction, as most people avoid movement when that movement causes pain, as is often the case with joint pain. But make the effort to put regular exercise into your life and you should see a decrease in your joint pain. The increase in the calories you burn will also help you lose weight.

Beyond eating and exercise, there are other steps you can take to relieve joint pain, such as over-the-counter medicines, nutritional supplements and even steroid injections. But there may come a time when all of the non-surgical avenues come to a dead-end and you simply cannot live with the pain any longer. Then it is time to seek the option of joint replacement surgery.

Your comfort is our concern
  
"I have had many surgeries, both in hospitals and in private clinics. I was in comfort the whole time I was there. All staff was overly kind and professional. I had a good experience."
-Lisa Katz

"I just want to say that the staff was excellent - starting at the front desk, to all the doctors and nurses. They made me feel great and all of them were very nice. I couldn't get any better attention than what I had. Very happy. Thank you all for taking care of me."
-Maria Soltura

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